Active COVID-19 cases in the County and City of Wetaskiwin continue to rise at a rapid rate.
On the weekend the province recorded a new high of 1,026 new cases on Saturday and 991 new cases on Sunday.
On Monday Nov. 16, 2020 Alberta confirmed 860 new COVID-19 cases as well as 20 additional COVID-19 deaths. Monday afternoon the Government of Alberta updated the aggregate data map to reveal new case numbers for specific geographical locations.
The County of Wetaskiwin and City of Wetaskiwin, which are separated on the aggregate data map, both saw a rise in cases over the weekend.
The County of Wetaskiwin previously had 13 active COVID-19 cases and has now risen to 16 active cases. Two of the confirmed County of Wetaskiwin cases are in Millet.
The City of Wetaskiwin previously had 28 active COVID-19 cases and now has 39 active cases.
Both the County and City of Wetaskiwin are under enhanced status for COVID-19 and implemented additional mandatory and voluntary public health measures to try and slow the rapid climb of COVID-19 cases in the community.
Mandatory measures for the County and City include:
• Restaurants, bars, lounges, and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. This applies to Class A, B, or C licenses for the duration of Nov.13 to Nov.27, 2020.
• Social and family gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, where people are mixing and mingling are limited to 15 people.
• 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
The City of Wetaskiwin continues to have a mandatory face coverings bylaw for all indoor public spaces. Although not mandatory in the County, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask or face covering in public.
WRPS school, Buck Mountain Central School, has an outbreak of five or more cases of COVID-19 according to the Government of Alberta’s data on K-12 school COVID-19 cases.
Wetaskiwin Composite High School is also classified as having an outbreak, however they fall into the outbreak category of two to four cases according to the province’s data.
In their Nov. 16 update Maskwacîs Health Services reported that Maskwacîs currently has 46 active cases.
To slow the spread of COVID-19 AHS is recommending that people limit their cohorts to three or less, have no social gatherings inside your home or outside your community and wear a mask in all indoor work settings except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.